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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Viesturs to speak at local mental health luncheon

Posted By on Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

AspenPointe, a leading Colorado Springs provider of healthcare for mental and family health, is accepting nominations for this year's Hero of Mental Health Award. It's looking for the names of community folks "who have elevated themselves above their peers in efforts related to mental health, substance abuse and whole-person wellness."

Mountineer, author and speaker Ed Viesturs
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  • Mountaineer, author and speaker Ed Viesturs.
The winner will be selected and honored at the annual Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon at The Broadmoor on Oct. 2. Tickets for the luncheon go on sale July 6.

In addition to presentation of the award, the luncheon will feature keynote speaker, prolific mountaineer and bestselling author Ed Viesturs. Viesturs was the first American to scale the 14 tallest peaks on the planet; he was the fifth person ever to do it without supplemental oxygen. His latest of three books chronicling his life and climbs hit shelves late last year.

"His message of overcoming and conquering obstacles in the face of adversity resonates well with many people out there," says AspenPointe CEO and president Morris Roth.

Nominations for the Hero of Mental Health Award — given previously to the likes of former Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter, U.S. Army Major Gen. Mark Graham and his wife Carol, and suicide prevention activist Dr. Barry Koch — can be made online, via AspenPointe's convenient form.

The entire AspenPointe release, which includes nomination guidelines and deadlines, can be found after the jump.

Heroes Event Looking for Those Who Rise to the Top

June 21, 2012 – The man widely regarded as America’s foremost high-altitude mountaineer will help honor this year’s Hero of Mental Health, but that person(s) need not to have ascended one of the world’s tallest peaks to be considered.

AspenPointe is now seeking nominations of those who have elevated themselves above their peers in efforts related to mental health, substance abuse and whole-person wellness. The winner will be recognized at ApsenPointe’s annual Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the Broadmoor Hotel.

The luncheon, in its fifth year, recognizes those in our community who champion whole-person wellness and spearhead efforts to curb stigma and advance treatments for mental illnesses, substance abuse, homelessness, and joblessness.

Eligible nominees for the Heroes of Mental Health Award would be individuals (no groups, please) who live or work in the Pikes Peak Region and have made significant contributions toward advancing mental health treatment and substance abuse care and/or other forms of wellness through awareness efforts, investment of personal time, financial contributions, or all of the above.

Nominations can be made through the end of July via an online form at
Previous winners include former Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter; Maj. Gen. Mark and Carol Graham of Fort Carson; and Dr. Barry Koch, Ph.D.

Last year’s recipient, Dr. Leanne Hadley, developed a model of care to help children heal from grief and trauma. She is the founder and president of First Steps Spiritual Center in downtown Colorado Springs

“We are extremely honored and excited to have someone of Ed Viesturs’ magnitude speaking at our annual luncheon,” said AspenPointe CEO and President Morris L. Roth. “His message of overcoming and conquering obstacles in the face of adversity resonates well with many people out there, whether their mountaintop is freedom from depression and substance abuse or finding a job.”

Viesturs has climbed the world’s 14 tallest peaks, including several summits of Mount Everest, without supplemental oxygen. He is the author of several best-selling books, including, “The Will to Climb” and “No Shortcuts to the Top.”

Tickets for the luncheon will go on sale at on July 6.
For sponsorship information, please call (719) 491-3741.

Since 1875, AspenPointe has empowered clients, enriched lives and embraced purpose, through individual and family services in mental health, substance abuse, employment and career development, education, housing, jail diversion/reintegration, telephonic wellness, and care management.

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